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Action Alert: public comment period for FSSA programs

Families and individuals are encouraged to provide public comment on the following state plans. Family Voices Indiana can help you with this process and/or provide family leadership development funds to support your participation. Contact

FSSA Looking for Comments on Rulemaking for Human Service Programs March 14th, 2014: Division of Aging State Plan Comment DeadlineHere is a link to the State Plan and direction to submit comments.March 14th, 2014: Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) Waitlist RepealHere is alink to the submitted waiver and direction to submit comments.April 20th, 2014 First Steps State PlanHere is a link to the State Plan and direction to submit commentsThe Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS), Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) invites the public to share comments regarding revisions to the Indiana State Plan for Independent Living (IL), on April 9, 2014, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ESTat the Indiana Government Center South, Confer…

Action Alert: Public Hearing 3.21 about changes to Medicaid Disability/1634 transition

A public hearing on the 1634 transition is scheduled forFriday, March 21stat 9:00 am in Conference Rooms 4 & 5 of the IN Govt. Center South.
Proposed rules to implement the 1634 Transition are found here:
Families and individuals are encouraged to provide public comment on the proposed rules. Family Voices Indiana can help you with this process and/or provide family leadership development funds to support your participation. Contact

2014 MEDICAID DISABILITY ELIGIBILITY CHANGES Who is affected: Current beneficiaries or future applicants for Indiana Medicaid in the aged, blind and disabled (ABD) categories. Effective June 1, 2014, Indiana is changing the way Hoosiers will obtain Medicaid coverage in the aged, blind or disabled categories. This is called the 1634 transition. Indiana will automatically enroll individuals that the Social Security Administration determines eligible for Supplemental Security …

Action Alert: call your officials in support of home visiting

Family Voices Indiana shares the following information from AMCHP (Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs):

Now is the time to urge Congress to support families by reauthorizing the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program! 
Action Needed:  Please call your elected officials on March 12 asking that they include home visiting program reauthorization as part of a bill being finalized known as the Medicare ‘doc fix.’  Please call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your elected officials’ offices.  When you reach the receptionist please identify yourself as a constituent and ask to speak to the health legislative assistant.  You may be asked to leave a voice mail, verbal message or send email, which is fine. It is important to reach both of your U.S. Senators as well as your Representative because we anticipate important decisions will be made soon.  As always, remember that you cannot advocate with federal resources…

Resources for You

Each month, Family Voices Indiana provides the families we serve with a summary of the month’s hottest items. If you missed us on Facebook in February, here is the latest!

Awareness: Febraury 2-8, Burn Awareness Week February 4, World Cancer Day February 7-14, Congenital Heart Defects Week February 15, Angelman Syndrome Awareness Day February 18, Asperger’s Syndrome Awareness Day February 28, Rare Disease Day
Family Voices: Check out our Family Voices Staff Spotlights! This month’s page featured specialist Kerry Bonney, Project Coordinator, Jennifer Akers, and Cyndi Johnson’s daughter, Rebecca.Facebook fans liked our many inspirational quotes. Be sure to check out our page for a pick-me-up. Also, we encourage you to share our page with friends using the share or invite features!"I want to look my child in the eye, loving every inch of potential and pain, saying, 'You are my son. You are defined by your experiences and your reactions to them. You are defined by your mind and your body.…

Resources related to the #ACA incl our newest webinar!

Family Voices Indiana announces our newest ACA training video and webquest on the Affordable Care Act:
Training on the Affordable Care Act) Learn the details of the law and how it is implemented, including how it will apply to your specific situation.  The associated WebQuest document contains further details and links to sites with related information.

Download the WebQuest document>>
We also share the following resources from our partners:
The Answer My Questions page, from the National Health Council, is a collection of patient-focused materials and guides provided by trusted national organizations. These tools are designed to inform patients and family caregivers about health care reform and help them make good decisions about health insurance coverage. One of the resources is a worksheet to help people calculate the expected costs of their health care. Some of the resources are tailored to patients with specific chronic diseases and disabilities.
The State Health Reform Ass…